“The Nagual Elias, as a solitary dreamer, visited, let’s say, the junkyard of infinity, when no one was around – and copied whatever he saw, but never knew what those things were used for, or their source.”
Alex Andreyev is a conceptual artists working with the greatest subject of all time, his imagination. He chooses the above quote from, author and complex student of anthropology, Castaneda to express his own creative process. The infinite capacity of Alex’s own mind brings him to express incredible surreal scenes bathed in an engaging motifs.
“My favourite paintings are created during insight, sudden connection with a certain information field. The interpretation of my vision, using all of my life experience, is the result of my work.”
Alex Andreyev explores dreamlike and otherworldly realms with cool representation and intense imagination. He lays out ideas and scenes the audience can enter as they please. In Alex’s artistic exploration he balances the presentation of wild ideas and the serene action of giving them away. When I gaze his turtles soaring through the atmosphere or gigantic spiders perched on skyscrapers I am not shocked, I am accepting.
Alex explains, “…my works do not belong to me, I only take them from some informational environment and return them there.” This environmental approach allows the audience to view, enter and explore is painting in a raw and uninhibited way. Alex crafts scenes that, though fantastical, appear everyday and natural.
My initial attraction to work was ignited by how they are all lit. Regardless if the light source appears natural or artificial (like when we can assume it comes from the sun or a human’ head), Alex allows the light to respond realistically to the other objects and people in the scene. Another important aspect is the vantage point that the viewer is given. Depending on the terrain, or absence of it, we are placed in a relatively logical spot (given the acceptance of abstracted physics). We are not confronted with his work, we are accepted into it like it is our own.
His ability to do this has brought him to work primarily with modes of digital art. He has experimented with other techniques involving paint, inks, pens and brushes but finds himself primarily working with programs like Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. Working with digital art allows him to thoroughly and immediately control his finished product. This medium also gives him the freedom to reach his full creative potential.
“I focus more on expression of my creative concepts than on technology or tools. I am free of limitations of traditional tools, such as drying of oil paint, changing of gouache color or etching line width. Also I am able to constantly see and control final result of my work during creation, and that suits my style.”
Alex’s limitless expression is spread internationally in group and personal exhibitions, galleries, and in magazines like Colossal, EMPTY KINGDOM, Italian Wired. He also he just finished working on the animated film Ku! Kin-Dza-Dza! as the senior concept artist. His art is even available to buy as merchandise so you can get a hold of his work on cell phone cases or in his art book. Whether or not you can get a piece from his awesome portfolio, check out more of works on his site.
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- Alex Andreyev’s Surreal Art Collides Different Worlds (artsnapper.com)
- 50 Truly Extraordinary Digital Art Paintings (joindahunt.com)
- Artwork Explained: Golconde by Rene Magritte (artsnapper.com)
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